New York Jets Sign Michael Vick and Drop Mark Sanchez



The New York Jets set the stage for another season of compelling quarterback drama and perhaps controversy by signing former longtime starter Michael Vick on Friday.

The deal is for one year and $5 million, according to a league source.

With Mark Sanchez out of the picture after being released Friday, Vick and incumbent Geno Smith are expected to compete for the starting job. There was no clarity because no team officials were made available to comment on the quarterback shake-up.

“As of now, Geno is the starting quarterback for this football team,” Vick said in a conference call with reporters. “From this point on, we’re going to compete every day.”


After finishing last season on the Philadelphia Eagles bench, Vick said recently he wants to be a starter again, so he obviously thinks he will have that shot with the Jets at some point. For now, he wasn’t about to make headlines with a bold proclamation. He vowed to support Smith and help him develop.

“I wouldn’t say I’d necessarily be OK with sitting on the bench, but I know what I signed up for,” said Vick, who described Smith as a good friend. “I know what I came to New York to do. First and foremost, I came to compete and be there for Geno. I know he has a long way to go, but we both talked and we both agree we’re going to push one another and make each other better.”

Vick, widely regarded as the top free-agent quarterback this offseason, wrapped up the deal — rumored for weeks — after a Friday visit with the Jets. He didn’t generate a lot of interest on the open market; in fact, the Jets were his first visit. He said a “couple” of other teams were interested, but he declined to name them. A return to the Eagles, he said, wasn’t realistic.